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Ed Adams, Benjamin Akande and Michael Holmes

This month, the Walker School welcomed Ed Adams, senior vice president of human resources at Enterprise Holdings, and Michael Holmes, president of RX Outreach, for a conversation on human resources development.  During the panel discussion, “How to Recruit, Retain and Grow Talent,” Adams and Holmes shared strategies to improve an organization’s culture, empower its employees and guide their development.

Benjamin Akande, dean of the Walker School, opened the event by saying that talent matters, and that it can make a difference in an organization’s ability to move from success to significance.  “Success is a result of a well laid out strategy, which often begins with the identification of good talent,” he said.  “When it is done right, success can be measured by the ability to do it over and over again.”

With regard to the role of recruiting talent, Adams said, “The difference [in an organization] is the people and what they do.  It’s all about getting the right talent and having them focus on the business.” He then went on add that human resources professionals must not only know how to recruit the right talent, but they need to know how to retain the talent, grow the talent and ensure that the talent that has been hired has the ability to adapt as the organization changes. 

In the aftermath of the Great Recession, Holmes and Adams said that employees must do their research if they want to get hired.  “It’s amazing how many people don’t prepare adequately,” Holmes said. “You have to know the organization.  Do your research and demonstrate to the interviewer that you want to be there and that you have taken the time to prepare.”

For more insights on how to recruit, retain and grow talent, watch the Speaker Series video with Ed Adams and Michael Holmes.

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imgresA new world record will be set and the new Yargis video game will be introduced Friday, Nov. 7, at St. Louis Science Center in the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. Developed by Webster University alum Jeff Minnis, Yargis is a space shooter game that can be formatted for a single player or multiple players. Yargis multiplayer can be played across Internet and local network connections.

Attendees at the Nov. 7 event are invited to bring their laptops and be part of setting the record for most connected computer screens as Yargis makes it debut. Participants will receive a free digital copy of the game.

Registration for the Yargis launch event begins at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 in the planetarium lobby. Construction of the world’s largest screen begins at 8 p.m.

Minnis says, “Yargis is a game I’ve always dreamed of creating. It’s a fun, fast-paced game that you can customize. The graphics, music and game engine were all created here in St. Louis.”

He adds, “Our event on Nov. 7 at the planetarium will be a fun time for everybody who loves to play video games. Plus, we’ll be setting a world record!”

The Yargis launch event on Nov. 7 is free and open to the public. Guests may RSVP at Yargis.Splashthat.com.

For more information about Yargis, including screenshots, visit Yargis.com.

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You’re invited to join us for “Entrepreneurship in Africa,” a luncheon honoring Robert E. King.  This event will be held on Tuesday, November 18 from 12-1 p.m. at Webster University’s East Academic Building, Room 253, which is located at 545 Garden Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri.

Robert E. King, friend of Ambassador and Mrs. Bert Walker, is a philanthropist and the founder of the investment firm, Peninsula Capital, in Menlo Park, California. In 2011, he and his wife Dorothy gifted $154.5 million to Stanford University to establish the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED). This program seeks to stimulate the creation of economic opportunities through innovation,  entrepreneurship and the growth of businesses that change the lives of people who live in poverty around the world.

During this presentation, Robert E. King and Tralance Addy, PhD, executive director of SEED, will share how the program is bridging a critical gap in global efforts to address prosperity.

To confirm your attendance at this event, please follow this link to RSVP.

 

Job Offers Activ:8!

On October 20, 2014, in Career Insight, by Walker News

Wouldn’t you love to be  super hero where all you would have to say is:

“Super Heroes activ:8!  Form of an assistant; form of a manager; form of a consultant!”

What will empower you to activ:8 a career or find a new one?  Below are eight actions you can take to change the direction of your career.

Activ:8

So you don’t like your job and every day is the same old same old? Yet you don’t actively look for other opportunities.  Are you in a rut and want things to change but you don’t activate change so that it can occur? Rather than waiting for your manager to see your value and promote you, why don’t you take small steps and start the process that will lead you to a job you deserve?

Elimin:8

“Can’t” never will! Make sure you eliminate these feelings of hopelessness. This one hidden feeling will paralyze you. I have met individuals that say they want change but will always come up with reasons why they can’t achieve the career of their dreams. Take time to do some real investigation into what you can do to move closer to your dream career.  Eliminate fear and those things that take you away from accomplishing your best. A friend told me that F.E.A.R. stands for “Fantasizing Experiences Appearing Real.”

Working with a mentor will help you overcome the fear of change and will help you reach the career of your dreams. It is within your reach!

Motiv:8

Do you know what motivates you?  You will not find your dream career without addressing and knowing the human element of what drives you. Do you know if you prefer to work in a fast-paced or a steady-paced environment?  Do you think of the task at hand first, or the people involved in accomplishing that task? The answers to these questions (and others) reveal a working style and also tell a story about the dynamics of what motivates you and how you prefer to work. The buzz term “the match” is often used by human resources professionals and is built around the assumption that the perfect candidate will not only have the right skill set but will also possess the right personal drives and motivations to work well with the current work group.

Communic:8

Those who interview you as a candidate will evaluate you in how you communicate emotionally, verbally and with written documentation.

A) Emotionally, you need to have a passion or purpose.  No one is impressed with a candidate that is wishy-washy and “just wants a job.”

B) Verbally, you need to know the industry buzzwords of your identified career field.  You will stand out from other candidates in an interview if you can “talk the talk.”

C) Written documents should communicate a clear purpose or objective. Spelling, punctuation, and grammar must be correct.  Make sure you check, double check….and then check it again. Ask others to edit your various documents and find out if your objective or purpose is clear and easily identified.

Particip:8

Find ways to get involved in special groups or organizations that  expand your knowledge of your chosen field.  Look for ways to volunteer your time.  This will do two things ­- you will gain industry knowledge and you will build experience within your career field.  This is a definite advantage when you are interviewed. It could be the difference between getting a job offer or that dreadful “no thank you” letter.

Formul:8

The job offer will not come knocking at your door unless you formulate a concise and clear plan for “positioning yourself.” This is accomplished by means of an affective resume, development of key contacts, and obtaining industry knowledge.

Rejuven:8

Beginning your own career search can be exhausting, as you may well know.  Staying focused will be difficult if you do not take time for things such as exercise, smart eating habits, and getting sound sleep.  Determination is key, but not the only thing, to keeping you focused and your stamina built up.

Reciproc:8

Show your gratitude to those who have shared their time and resources with you.  Contribute what you can to helping other career seekers.  Take the next step and give back what you have learned to others who are activating their career searches and trying to secure a job offer.

The bottom line here is that if you aren’t happy with your career journey than you have to make a choice to change it.  Only you can make that decision and take action!

About the Author:
david hults-2014David Hults is a nationally known career coach and speaker, as well as a columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Webster University where he also completed graduate courses toward his MBA.  Since 1987, Hults is the author of five books, a CD coaching series and has created the most sought after interview flash card set, which makes the interview simplified and painless.  His experience in human resources led him to work for Express Scripts, a Fortune 500 company, as well as one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems, BJC.  He has been coaching individuals for more than 20 years on how to break through individual roadblocks while also delivering speeches across the nation discussing how to manage change in careers and organizations today. For more information, visit his website at http://activ8careers.com

 

 

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anthony-waskiewiczAnthony Waskiewicz has been named CIO of the Year by the Investor Intelligence Network. In addition to serving as chief information officer of Mercy, the largest Catholic health care system, Waskiewicz is an adjunct professor of finance for Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology.

The CIO of Year Award was one of 10 award categories recognized at the inaugural Investor Intelligence Awards for Healthcare Plans on Oct. 9. The award recipients recognized at this event represent institutions from across the country.

“Not only is this award a big deal in the corporate world, but it is an affirmation of the quality of his knowledge and the substance of his contribution to the profession and our students,” said Benjamin Akande, Ph.D., dean of the Walker School.  “We congratulate Anthony.”

Since joining Mercy in 2010, Waskiewicz has been instrumental in helping the health care organization beat its benchmark on a risk-adjusted basis and with less volatility.  Find out more.

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ocp-expoSt. Louis (Oct. 13, 2014) – More than 1,000 students and alumni from 24 countries around the world registered to take part in Webster University’s first-ever Global Online Career and Internship Expo on Oct. 9.  During the event, participants were able to discuss jobs and internships with recruiters from leading companies including:  Anheuser-Busch, Stifel, Bank of America, Graybar, Enterprise Holdings and more.

Unlike a traditional job fair, participants didn’t have to put on their interview suits in order to get their résumés in the hands of recruiters.  Instead, they were able to interact with corporate recruiters in a virtual environment via web chat.  In addition, they had the opportunity participate in group chats with industry professionals on topics related to personal branding, interviewing techniques, women’s leadership and more.

ocp-expo-2“One of our greatest responsibilities as an institution of higher education is to offer students and alumni opportunities for professional growth,” said Benjamin Akande, chief of corporate partnerships and dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology.  “Our virtual expo was a success because it provided students and alumni with access to jobs and internships, and it enabled them to connect with prospective employers who operate around the world.  This type of career development experience is critically important for students and alumni seeking employment in today’s global business environment.”

Students can access the content shared during the virtual expo on-demand through January 9, 2015. Get details.

2014-15 Walker Speaker Series

On October 9, 2014, in Speakers, by Walker News

sslogoThe George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2014-2015 Success to Significance Speakers Series.

You’re invited to be our guest at the Walker Speakers Series.  There is no charge for attending these speaker events, but RSVP is required in order to secure your seat.  The events will be held at Webster University’s East Academic Building, located at 545 Garden Ave. in Webster Groves, Mo.

Join Us for the Walker Speaker Series

HR Panel Discussion Featuring Enterprise Holdings Senior Vice President of Human Resources Ed Adams and RX Outreach President Michael Holmes
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. at Webster University St. Louis
Learn more and RSVP to attend this free event.

Relevancy Panel Discussion Featuring Chuck Feltz, Korn Ferry Senior Partner and President of Global Products Group and Todd Schnuck, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Schnucks Markets
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. at Webster University St. Louis
Learn more and RSVP to attend this free event.

Women in Leadership Panel Discussion Featuring Maxine Clark, Build-A-Bear Workshop Founder, Kathy Mazzarella, Graybar Chief Executive Officer and President and Diane Sullivan, Brown Shoe Chief Executive Officer and President
Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. at Webster University St. Louis
Learn more and RSVP to attend this free event
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Tracy Campbell, Author
“The Gateway Arch: A Biography”
Friday, March 27, 2015 from 8-9:30 a.m. at Webster University St. Louis
Learn more and RSVP to attend this free event.

David Steward, Worldwide Technology Chairman and Founder
2015 Walker School Person of the Year
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. at Webster University St. Louis
Learn more and RSVP to attend this free event.

With a network of Webster University campuses in the U.S. and across the globe, Speaker Series events will also be streamed live to reach students, faculty, alumni and the public at-large.

Over the years, the Walker School has welcomed corporate luminaries from organizations including: AT&T, Disney, General Motors, IKEA, Monsanto, Twitter and Wal-Mart. These events have had a significant impact on audiences, bringing issues pertaining to change, innovation, transformation and leadership to the forefront. View past speakers and register to take part in the 2014-2015 Walker Speaker Series.

 

Remarks by Benjamin Ola. Akande, dean of the Walker School
Presented at the Rotary Club of St. Louis on October 2, 2014

I recently returned from a visit to New York City. Mel Ming, the CEO of Sesame Street Workshop, invited me to the headquarters to get a behind-the-scenes look at my favorite street. I grew up watching Sesame Street in my home nation of Nigeria. The show gave me my first glimpse of America and offered a simple, positive frame of the values espoused in this country. I watched Sesame Street with utter amazement wondering how so many diverse characters could co-exist in this one neighborhood. They lived, worked and played together, and regularly welcomed guests to the community – some were renowned superstars, yet so many were regular people just like me and you. They brought value to this friendly community, the ultimate community of volunteers, kind friends, where everybody owned a piece of the street.

So, one day my grandpa Daniel came to visit us, and I recall sitting beside him on our living room couch watching an episode of Sesame Street together. Grandpa was mesmerized at what he saw. He turned to me and said: “So, in America they have birds the size of small cars…I mean really big birds that can talk and live side by side with humans?”

“Yes, grandpa,” I replied. “That’s Big Bird. He lives on Sesame Street in America.”

“But, this bird is not afraid that perhaps someone will harm it and may ultimately become dinner?”

“No, grandpa,” I reassured him. “He’s completely safe with humans.”

“You know, if this bird was among us, it wouldn’t survive for long. He would be a huge catch and feed a family of five for several breakfasts, lunches and dinners!”

My grandpa fell in love with Big Bird and its survival instincts, its ability to thrive in the midst of what would normally be a hostile neighborhood, and yet there was this wonderful relationship based on trust, love and appreciation for one another. Grandpa wanted to experience it and to see it for himself, and so he made me promise him that one day I would take him to America. My grandpa lived a long life and experienced many things in his 105 years on this earth, but a visit to America to his beloved Sesame Street was not one of them.

Sesame Street is a world of respectful puppets and kind friends, where everyone owns a piece of the street. With puppets who represent the good in all of us, Sesame Street shows us the value in believing in ourselves and in the resilient energy to overcome, persevere and to make a difference.

The Sesame Street characters were like family to me. Kermit the Frog reminds us that we were all born original. So, why do we spend all our lives trying to be copies? Ms. Piggy, his love interest, represents the self-confidence and vulnerability in all of us, yet affirms that we all matter.

Big Bird taught us that we are all birds of different feathers, and that life is not about how different we are, but about the difference we can make and to never confuse our net worth with our self-worth. The Count introduced me to the intricate value of money and warns us against the tendency of putting too much value on material things. Oscar, though grouchy, instilled in me the value of respect and tolerance for different ideas and different people.

The connoisseur of cookies, the Cookie Monster, showed us the consequences of addictive behavior and that too much of anything is not a good thing.

Big Bird and his gang demonstrate the personal confidence to lead as individuals, the humility to listen and to follow others and the propensity to support the efforts of one another; and that when we face difficult times, we should use adversity as a catalyst to bring us back together. It’s a lesson that Ferguson and the entire St. Louis region should consider.

And so in the aftermath of my visit to Sesame Street, I am rededicating the rest of my life to building and strengthening communities wherever I am. I believe that every one of us is a pillar who is called to play the role of “support” for our peers, colleagues, families and our community. The past couple of weeks have been difficult for all of the people of St. Louis, but we must not get tired of being brave, we must embrace change like never before. Poverty, lack of access to good paying jobs and feelings of economic and political marginalization are often triggers for unrest.

St. Louis, Missouri has found itself at a convergent moment—the place where our past converges with our present and future. It is here that we harness unbending tradition with the power of cutting edge innovation; where we are actively promote new thinking, one that is embedded in respect, fairness and the courage to own the changes we collectively envision.

Revitalization of Ferguson requires the teamwork of corporations, foundations, nonprofits, churches, universities, current and former elected officials and an assortment of other community leaders. Together we can examine the root causes of the riots and ensure that those underlying problems are eliminated. We should also examine other economically disadvantaged communities in the area that are potential trouble spots.

And whether we are leading in the board room or from the stock room, it’s okay to be optimistic and realistic, embracing a healthy tension that keeps optimism from turning into denial and realism from devolving into cynicism. We should all lead from where we are. There is an old African proverb that says: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” St. Louis will go far if we are willing to do it together.

The other night while in London visiting my two daughters, I had a hard time falling asleep and found myself humming grandpa’s and my favorite song from Sesame Street, the closing song, “Sing a Song.”  You see, my grandpa couldn’t speak English, but he knew the melody of the song and we always sang it together.

Sing. Sing a song.

Sing out loud.

Sing out strong.

Sing of good things, not bad.

Sing of happy, not sad.

Sing. Sing a song.

Make it simple to last your whole life long.

So don’t worry that it’s not good enough for anyone else to hear.

Just sing.

Sing a song.

And then that wonderful chorus….

La la la la la…la la la la la la….

Thank you and God bless you and God bless America.

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Webster University students and alumni are invited to participate in two professional development opportunities related to jobs and internships.

Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 1-3 p.m.
Webster University in St. Louis (University Center Grant Gymnasium)

Webster University’s Career Planning & Development Center will host local and national organizations at its annual Career & Internship Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. This event will enable students and alumni to connect in-person with a diverse array of employers, from corporations to nonprofits, for internships, volunteer and full-time positions.

The fair will feature organizations such as:  Emerson, Maritz, Enterprise, Peace Corps, SSM, Momentum, Teach for America and more.  Professional attire is strongly recommended.

For more information log into GorlokJobshttps://webster-csm.symplicity.com/students, Webster University’s online career management system or call (314) 246-7967.

Thursday, Oct. 9 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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Webster University’s Office of Corporate Partnerships will host its first-ever Global Online Career and Internship Expo for students and alumni.  During this event, recruiters and representatives from companies that operate around the world will engage in real-time with participants via online chat to discuss internship and employment opportunities.  In addition, students and alumni can use this event to enhance their professional networks.  The expo will feature corporations including Anheuser-Busch, Enterprise Bank and Trust, MOHELA and Stifel Nicolaus, among others.

Registration is required to take advantage of this opportunity.  Register now and visit webster.edu/virtualexpo to learn how to prepare for this event.

 

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joe-robertsJoe Roberts, Ph.D., associate professor of management and director of the entrepreneurship program at the Walker School of Business & Technology, has been named editor-in-chief of Administrative Sciences.  This journal is an international, peer-reviewed open access publication that communicates knowledge and research concerning organization theory, organizational development, change management, entrepreneurship and small business management, strategic management, public administration as well as interdisciplinary research in related fields, such as business, economics, natural sciences, sociology, psychology, communication theory or artificial intelligence and their implications on management, organizations and the society.

As editor-in-chief of Administrative Sciences, Associate Professor Roberts will provide leadership and play a key role in setting future direction for the journal and its position and impact. In addition he will also manage the review process for articles that are submitted for publication.  In addition to serving in this role, he is the co-editor of Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, and the co-project director for Webster University’s Coleman Foundation Fellows Program, which assists faculty members in their efforts to introduce entrepreneurship concepts into the curriculum for non-business majors.

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